(Closed) Tip the owner of a business or no?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do you tip vendors who own their own business?
    Yes : (9 votes)
    50 %
    No : (9 votes)
    50 %
    Other - describe below please : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    7220 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I tip for a job well done and don’t discriminate based on who owns the business. I came to this conclusion after reading a similar thread where some business owners came and talked about their side. I’ll try to find that thread.


    Post # 4
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee

    No, because the ower gets 100% of the profits.  Unlike a contractor or worker, who only receives a portion of it.  A contractor/worker also has no say over the rates charged to customers, whereas the owner has full control, and presumably sets the rate at a level they are satisfied with.

    A positive review of their business is often times more valuable then an extra hundred bucks.  Money isn’t the only way to tip a business owner.

    Post # 5
    11355 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @LTD418:  I have a split answer. I did not  tip my photographer, videographer, or DJ — all of whom own their own businesses.  However, I did  tip my hairstylist/MUA, and he is co-owner of his business. I had been going to him for many years at another salon before he opened his business, and it just seemed odd to stop tipping him when he opened his own salon.  Also, one of our mutual friends asked the receptionist about this, and she told her that the practice of not tipping the owner of a salon was becoming outdated. 

    Post # 6
    3371 posts
    Sugar bee

    @LTD418:  I tip for the job they do, the service they provide. And in all honesty, most small business owners don’t make that much money. Many are even in debt. So I do tip them. The owner of a larger business or chain, no.

    Post # 7
    2669 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @LTD418:  I tip for a job well done regardless of ownership status. Our photographer was an amazing source of help throughout our planning process and on the actual day. She went above and beyond, and there was no way I was going to withhold a tip just because of “the rules.” 

    Post # 8
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think if it is a service you would otherwise tip for, then you should still tip.

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